Former star juvenile Raceway hadn't won a race in almost two years but Blake Shinn hopes a confidence-boosting win at Kembla Grange will have him stringing together wins.
The former Gai Waterhouse-trained star last saluted in the Listed Canonbury Stakes in February 2012, vaulting him into favouritism for that year's Golden Slipper.
After a two-year-old campaign in which in he ran fifth behind then stablemate Pierro in the Golden Slipper, Raceway's career was in freefall - until yesterday's Benchmark 75 Handicap (1200m).
"I think it's just a confidence thing, to be honest," Shinn said of Bjorn Baker's recent acquisition.
"The owners decided to give him a change in environment to get the best out of him and it's just nice to see him back winning races again.
"I thought he was disappointing first-up but [yesterday] looked a suitable race for him and it's very good to win on him for the connections, who I've had a fair bit to do with through the likes of Sebring."
Shinn drove Raceway ($4) to the lead from the inside alley and never gave anyone else a chance in the straight.
Garry White's Color Purple ($11) barely got within four lengths in second, while Paul Murray's Peakhurst Girl ($4.40) was a ½ head away in third.
"He's always promised and shown a fair bit of ability. We're just trying to get the best out of him and I rode him positively," Shinn said.
"He controlled the race and he was very strong to the line, so hopefully that will give him a bit of confidence to go forward and hopefully he can string a few wins together on the back of [yesterday's] win."